Aston Villa confirmed line-up: 30-year-old striker starts v Burton
By Matt Farr
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has named an unchanged side for Villa’s clash with Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
Villa beat Queens Park Rangers 1-o on Sunday, and Bruce has stuck to the same starting XI that did the job in their last outing.
30-year-old striker Ross McCormack retains his place in the side, despite scoring just twice in 17 appearances since arriving at Villa Park in the summer.
Mark Bunn, meanwhile, retains his place in goal at the expense of the under-fire Pierluigi Gollini, who is on the bench.
Jack Grealish once again begins the game as a substitute, having been left unused in the victory over QPR.
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The club’s official Twitter account revealed their line-up:
Team news: Here’s the first XI + subs for today’s #AVLBAL encounter.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) December 26, 2016
Villa made a storming start to life under Steve Bruce, but defeats to Leeds and Norwich at the start of the month, has caused their progress to stall.
They are now 13th in the Championship, but have still lost just twice in their last 10 league games, and they will be keen to continue their surge up the table.
Burton, meanwhile, have made a decent job of life in the Championship, following their promotion from League One at the end of last season.
They are though, still clinging on to safety, and are 21st in the league, just two points clear of the relegation zone. Defeat against Villa coupled with a victory for Blackburn at Barnsley will see Nigel Clough’s men drop into the bottom three.
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